Archive for January, 2010

4/52 sensitive soul

January 29, 2010

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lucas is my sensitive soul.

the one who needs the extra hug.

the one who argues with me about who loves who more.

i love that.  i love him.

may he always be sensitive.


on another note… look who’s   Pottery Barn Kid’s  Cutest Baby of the month! Page 116 in the new Pottery Barn Kids Catalog!

PBK cutie

Check it out HERE on the PBK site. :)   And the original photo is HERE.

We’ve seen this little miss before.   It’s hard to believe, but she got so big so fast!  Oooooh goodness, she is a charmer for sure!   What a sweetie.   Here’s a preview of our fun morning, at 6 months young…

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Dad didn’t even fall asleep and snore on me this time around.  ;)

3/52 this big brother

January 22, 2010

this big brother hated all girls, and all things girly.    Gramma and the cousins would tease him about liking Tinkerbell and he would vehemently deny.

Then Audrey was born. And Seth’s gentler side came out. Oh, don’t get me wrong. He still full-on tackles Lucas.   Calls Lucas his “nemesis.” But when it comes to Audrey?

“Mama, she’s  my best girl. I love her so much, my heart might ‘splode.”

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Meet baby C. Who was just a doll. When I came into their home, she was just snuggled up tight against her mama like a sweet koala bear. In fact, she just loves being snuggled and close to her parents.

For example… here I am trying to get her little solo shots. Serious at first. What a pretty face C has!

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OKay, I’m warming her up now. Some tentative smiles.

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“Hey… here’s Mama! I’m happy!”

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“Daddy!”  Joy, joy, joy!

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Then some together snuggles. What a sweet family.

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andrea burns photography

Thanks for sharing your warmth with me that afternoon H family!  Literally and figuratively, lol!

you are what you wear

January 18, 2010

you are what you wear

You are what you wear.

A little cliché? Perhaps. But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product.

Before we get going – let’s be clear what you’re clothing does NOT need to be:

1. Brand New
I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band T’s, and worn converse shoes – as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.
2. Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive
Unless it’s your thing (If it’s really your thing, then by all means baby, bring on the bling). If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session.
3. Matching
No need to focus on matching everything from the color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks. In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t. If you’re heart is set on everyone in white button downs and khaki pants, I’m probably not your girl.
4. Stressful
No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory. This is supposed to be fun. If you’re unsure – call me, and together, we’ll make sure you look fabulous. I promise.

I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take the time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:

Feels Good.
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiancé, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably.

As for the kids? Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.

Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.

Looks Good.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective – right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend or your trusty photographer (that would be me) who knows about such things and has plans in place to help.

Sometimes last year’s of-the-moment dress has already become hopelessly untrendy. Sometimes the current fashions just don’t look or feel like you. Sometimes outfits that look good in the mirror might not be ideally suited for photography. If you’re really looking for extra help, I can put you in touch with some incredible folks who make people look good for a living.

Bottom Line: If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result – and I’m all about you love, love, loving the end result.

Makes Sense.
Here’s where we pull it all together. It’s not just enough that everyone look good and feel good – you’ve gotta look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits.

Gulp. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick – revisit #4 in the top list, and remember, don’t stress).

Before you even begin figuring out your wardrobe, we’ll have an in depth consultation to narrow down what you really want for your pictures, choose the perfect location and make sure you have an understanding about how that all comes together in the finished photograph. I’m with you every step of the way.

Bottom Line: It’s easier than it seems.Think twice about having Emma in a lace prom dress if you can’t get Tommy out of his spider man cape and favorite Star Wars pajama top. If we’re going to be running around in a park, you’ll likely not decide to wear your starched Sunday best. Hate the way stripes and plaids look together but Dad has his favorite stripped polo ready to go? Best steer mom away from her beloved family tartan. Easy-Peasy. [unless Mom is really attached to that tartan, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it).


If you’re still not certain, and you can’t decide between the yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple belted shirt – I’ve got good news. You don’t have to decide. Bring lots of options. Heck – throw your whole wardrobe into the back of the car. When we get to the session we’ll wing it all with fabulous results. Trust me.

Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine how blow-everyone-away-fabulous-ready-for-America’s-Next-Top-Model you’re all going to look in those pictures….

Can you see it yet? I totally can. You look INCREDIBLE!

I can’t wait for your session.

(used with permission from the amazing Phoenix photographer Jeanette LeBlanc)

2/52 her perfect figure

January 15, 2010


She has the perfect figure!  All rolls and chub, and perfectly edible.  Testing out my new studio floor.  SO lovely!  Can you believe that it is a rug?  No splinters!

S | B | C spells Family, especially in this case!  When a prospective client contacts me, and asks if I do large family portraits, the kind with a lot of small children.  I admit it….  I pause….   I break  into a sweat.  But the S | B| C family proved to be warm and delightful, with minimal sweating on my end.  LOL.  I mean, how can you not love a family with a vintage Coke Dispensing machine in their kitchen?  In search of their best light, I found the Library… and hopefully captured some of their evident heart.

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andrea burns family photography

andrea burns family photography

andrea burns family photography

andrea burns family photography

andrea burns family photography

andrea burns family photography

…. and the patriarchs…. aren’t they the cutest?!?!

Drum Roll…..

January 11, 2010

And the winners are……


Brian T. & Melanee B.!  Soooo excited!  I’m going to email ya’ll.  CONGRATS to the winners and a HUGE thanks to all the entrants!

Drum roll please……

Introducing….a Giveaway!!!

Here’s how it works. You can show your love (for me, Andrea, and my photography) by linking my photography website or blog to your personal blog, to tell the world “Hey! I like Andrea, and her photography is alright too!” With one click of the mouse your friends, family, and blog stalkers can be magically whisked away (virtually) to my blog website(s). Yes, it IS that simple!!  (Facebook posts count too… but you need to email me a screenshot of the link/ post).
“What’s in it for me?” You ask yourself. Well, first, I’ll love you dearly, really I will. Did you know that the blog-o-sphere is the best form of advertising for my wee little business? Love it!! Secondly, refer a friend, free 8×10, need I say more?
Well, I will. Listen up, this is where it gets good. Link my blog to yours and leave a comment telling me you’ve “linked” me into your blog in this very blog posting. On Sunday, January10th, I’ll randomly pick 2 lucky comments. (Brace yourself) Those lucky people will win a free studio sitting with Andrea Burns Photography valued at 100.00!! Wowza!! See? I told you this would be good. The lucky winners will be announced the morning of January 18th. The winners have the option of keeping it for themselves, or giving it away as a perfect gift.

I know what you are saying, Andrea, I don’t live in the Washington DC metro area, I could never use that gift certificate. Well, maybe not. But don’t forget my first point, “I’ll love you dearly” Isn’t that enough? Or, win the gift certificate and give it to a friend or family member in the Washington DC metro area for Valentine’s Day. They’ll love you, and so will I. Either that, or fly me to you and I’ll take your pictures!! Happy linking!!

A gift for you

(Disclaimer: Prize does not come in a wrapped box, but rather an envelope with a cute gift certificate inside )

1/52 | joy

January 3, 2010

I’ve decided to start a new project because I just have so much extra time on my hands. (snort)  I do want to take more personal pictures though. Not necessarily portraits of the kiddos all the time, but I want to keep capturing the real life moments that go on as they grow. Which led me to agreeing to do the 52 week project. There was NO way I could keep up with a 365 project, so don’t ever suggest that one to me.  :p   I will post a picture a week (not that bad right?) and I won’t promise it will always be fantastic, but it will make me slow down and remember to take pictures for the very reason I started taking pictures. Whew, talk about a run-on mumble-jumble sentence. So I hope you all will come along in this journey with me and help keep me accountable!



So what if 2 of them are in jammies, and all three have milk on their face. So what if they are under the dining room table. Sometime you just gotta go with the flow.